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Well the Delmarva Peninsula and maybe a little more.  A compilation of events as they have been relayed to me or garnered from various websites    And please send us corrections or additions delmarvakayak@comcast.net

More event information for the "other" side of the bays may also be found at the Chesapeake Paddlers Association.  Up north of the Delaware Bay and the Mason Dixon Line see Jersey Shore Sea Kayaker Association and a little further NYC Water Trails, check their calendars

Maryland Canoeing, Kayaking and Water Trails

2012 Southeastern Pennsylvania/New Jersey Race Schedule:
Click on "Pennsylvania/New Jersey" on the map
and then click on "Compare Regional Events >>>" in the red
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2014 Events

With FaceBook, and Twitter, and websites it is becoming increasing difficult to keep this aggregated  information up to date. Please confirm with the event coordinator before you go.

 

August 23rd

 

confirmed

 

The 15th annual Broadkill River Canoe and Kayak Race    

Always the 4th Saturday in August.

Irish Eyes is sponsoring the event benefiting the Milton Chamber of Commerce

 

               

 The 15th Annual Broadkill River Canoe and Kayak race will be held the fourth Saturday in August.  This is the largest canoe and kayak race on the Peninsula.   It starts with registration  at Oyster Rocks Road. North of Lewes Delaware and ends 10 miles later in Milton.  Pre register or sign up the day of the event.  Registration begins at 8:00 am.  Race starts 10:00.

Contact Irish Eyes at 302-684-5005

We've found Irish Eyes to be strategically located near the finish line.  $cheap PBR's

Irish Eyes Website

 

Saturday  Sept 6

 

 

16th Annual Onancock Challenge

Kayaks, SUPs, Canoes, Surfskis and Outriggers: All paddlers can now pre-register, pay online, buy Seafood Boil tickets and get their race results at PaddleGuru.com!!

With 5K, 10K, and a Kids Fun Race, there's a course for all ages, boats and abilities! 

Post race we will again have a Seafood Boil on Mallards Deck for $16 (advance tickets required).

Registering is easy: create a personal profile, choose your race, T-shirt size and pay online. It takes less than 5 minutes!
We can also Email a registration form if you prefer.

Call SouthEast Expeditions at the Wharf: 757-354-4FUN or Email for more info or to join our volunteer crew! 

 

Saturday  Sept 13th

 

22nd Annual Wye Island Regatta    

The largest gathering of human powered boats on the eastern shore, and maybe further.  Join the competition that ranges from recreational kayaks to 8 man or woman crew.  

The 12.5 mile race starts at Wye Landing on the Wye East River, 18 miles southeast of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Maryland's Eastern Shore and continues around Wye Island. The course is over sheltered estuaries with minimum boat traffic and great scenery.

 

The Kayak Challenge is a mass start race for all Kayak entries.  

October 5

confirmed

The 6th Annual Knot Race

Ever wanted to try racing but were intimidated at the "real" racers out there? Well, now is your chance to experience racing by not racing!

October 9th to the 12th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 26th Annual Delmarva Paddlers Retreat

 

It was in 1988 that Charlie Cole and his lovely wife Cindy started an annual gathering of paddlers on the western shore of Rehoboth Bay in Lewes, DE, to exchange paddling skills and knowledge – today that has become an annual gathering at which Greenland-style sea-kayakers gather to celebrate the origins of kayaking and hone traditional kayaking techniques and skills

 

In 2008 they offered an "extended" Delmarva option (early arrival) as well.  See The Retreat  for a report from a previous year's event.  Registrations begin July 4th and are usually full by the first week of September.

 

A Qajaq USA event , the Delmarva Paddlers Retreat  is held at Camp Arrowhead across the Rehoboth Bay from Dewey Beach, Delaware.  The Retreat has evolved into a gathering of traditional skills enthusiasts.  All instruction will be geared towards Greenland techniques, so a Greenland paddle is preferred.  Accommodations are cabins (bunks) or tenting under the pines near the bay shoreline.  Enjoy learning to kayak the Greenland way.  Mentoring from some of the best in the nation.  Skills learned can be transferred back to the Euro blade, but why once you’ve paddled the stick you won’t want to go back. 

 

This event has no relationship to the Delmarva Paddlers  message board, but many of us are there. (same webmaster too)

 October 31

to Nov 1

 

 

 

Downrigging Weekend

The Sultana Projects hosts a three-day festival known as Downrigging Weekend to celebrate the close of Sultana's sailing season.  Tall ships and historic vessels from across the mid-Atlantic and beyond visit Sultana's home port of Chestertown for this three-day public event which draws over 10,000 people to Chestertown.  The weekend features opportunities for the public to view, board and even sail on an impressive fleet of visiting ships, schooners and skipjacks.   
See favorite paddles for some of the good times we've had there.

 

 

2013 Events   see what you missed 

 

March 16th

confirmed

SK101 - An Introduction to Sea Kayaking (West River Center)

An introduction to sea kayaking

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Hear presentations on types and uses of kayaks, paddles, safety, and gear

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Learn where to paddle

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Find potential paddling partners

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See displays of kayaks, paddles, car rack systems, and other paddling gear

When: Saturday, March 16, 2012, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Sponsored by Chesapeake Paddlers Association, see their website for more details.

 

March 22, 23, 24

confirmed

 

Paddlesport 2013 - 52nd Annual  The East Coast's Largest Kayak, Canoe, and outdoor show.

100s of vendors, boats, accessories.  and seminars. check with  Jersey Paddler for more information

ed. note Stop by the Qajaq USA booth and say hello

April 26-28

confirmed

 

 

SK102

The Annual Chesapeake Paddlers Association Skills Clinic, at Lake Anna, VA. Lake Anna is a nuclear heating pond so the water will be 75-80 degrees! This event is always popular, usually filling up the 80 student slots plus a waiting list and 20 instructors within a few weeks.

Web Site: CPA

Skill Level: First Timer Paddlers - This event is for those who have never paddled before. No prior skills needed. First Timer Paddlers. This event is for those who have never paddled before. No prior skills needed.

 

April 19-21, 2012

confirmed

East Coast Canoe & Kayak Festival

The East Coast Canoe & Kayak Festival includes lectures, on-water classes, and demonstrations directed to the novice and the experienced paddler.
James Island County Park

May 11, 2012

confirmed

The 4th Annual Paddlefest on the Choptank will begin with a 9:30 am launch in Greensboro, MD. The course will be a 7.7 mile paddle down the Choptank (going WITH the current) and ending at the Choptank River Yacht Club where the festival will begin at 11:00 am and go until 4:00 pm.

May 17-18

confirmed

OkoumeFest 2013

This annual rendezvous brings together Chesapeake Light Craft builders and their Okoume plywood boats. OkoumeFest is open to ALL small boats, however, whether they are wooden CLC designs, plastic, or whatever material. This is a family-friendly event centered on the joys of building and using small boats.

May 19-21

confirmed

 

Watertribe OkoumeFest Ultra Marathon Challenge

Location: Queen Anne's County Maryland
Dates: Sunday, May 19, 2013 - Tuesday, May 21, 2013

 

May 19th, 64 mile expedition-style race starting and finishing at Matapeake
State Park on the Chesapeake Bay.

May 19th from noon-5pm

confirmed

The Delmarva Paddlesports Expo

Survival Product's annual Delmarva Paddlesports Expo is held at Schumaker Park in Salisbury.  Free kayak and canoe demos.  It is a great way to try before you buy.  They of course are hoping to sell you one of their boats but that’s for you to decide.  www.survivalproducts.com

June

1st

confirmed

 

Potomac River Swim for the Environment
The Potomac River Swim for the environment needs support kayakers to ensure the success of the swim and safety of the swimmers.  The website also has many good resources for kayak swim support.

June 9th, 

confirmed

 The annual Great Chesapeake Bay Swim & 1 Mile Chesapeake Challenge
CPA provides the swim support and needs volunteers. There's some good advice for swim support at the above link.  Info on the swim is at
The Great Chesapeake Bay Swim

June 22nd- 24th

confirmed

Hudson River Greenland Festival

The focus of this weekend is to learn, refine, and share traditional kayaking techniques in a stimulating and enjoyable environment. Whether you are new, along, or far down this path, come join us for a great weekend of Greenland-Style kayaking!

 

 

July 13th

time and date confirmed

 

 

 

Nanticoke RiverFest Canoe and Kayak Challenge

 

The Nanticoke Riverfest Canoe & Kayak race will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 in Seaford, Delaware. If you want to register early, please visit the link above. Registration starts at 11:00 am, Race starts at 1:00 Pm and the Awards will be handed out next to the bridge at 4:00.  Registration Form

 

22+ Classes!  One is sure to be right for you.

Registration is on Water Street in Seaford

Results from previous races

 

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